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Runaway mining train travels 90 kilometres without driver

08 November 2018, 04:55 | Hattie Nash

Trains are used to transport thousands of tons of iron ore through remote parts of Western Australia More

Trains are used to transport thousands of tons of iron ore through remote parts of Western Australia

The train began its getaway when the driver stepped off to inspect a wagon.

A train with no-one on board travelled at 100km/h for 92km in a remote area of Australia before being deliberately derailed.

The driver had stopped at Hesta Siding to check a wagon, but the train - en route from Newman to Port Hedland - took off without him and careered 92 kilometres down the track before being derailed at Turner Siding.

During an investor meeting on Thursday, BHP was asked about the impact of the deliberate derailment of a train loaded with iron ore in the Pilbara region, 120 kilometres south of Port Hedland, which also severed the crucial rail link between its mines and shipping hub.

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The train crashed off the rails, damaging around 1,500 metres (1,600 yards) of tracks, but hurting no one.

"We are working with the appropriate authorities to investigate the situation", a BHP spokeswoman said.

BHP has large iron ore stockpiles at port, so it is unlikely any scheduled shipments will be missed.

"We will be liaising with our customers in relation to our contractual commitments over this period", she added.

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BHP Billiton said it had suspended all its iron ore rail operations in Western Australia on Monday after the incident.

An investigation into the incident is being carried out.

BHP's shares were trading 1.21 percent lower at AUD 33.14 in Sydney Wednesday amid reports in Britain that the Anglo-Australian firm was facing a GBP 5 billion (USD 6.5 billion) lawsuit over the deadly Samarco dam failure in Brazil in 2015.

Nineteen people were killed and a wave of toxic waste was unleashed when a dam burst at the mine in one of Brazil's worst environmental disasters.

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